KLUGMAN, comes the sad news that GERRY ANDERSON, creator of
shows like FIREBALL XL5, THUNDERBIRDS and the indestructible
CAPTAIN SCARLET, has gone to that great TV studio in the sky. Gerry
more than deserves his place in television history, but I have to confess
that I often found watching or listening to him being interviewed over
the years to be quite an uncomfortable experience.
about being associated with kids programmes; appeared frustrated
by it - to resent it, in fact, and spoke with apparent reluctance about his
involvement in the cult shows which had made him a household name.
He always went to great pains to point out that it was never his ambition
to produce entertainment for children, and that his shows were merely a
showcase to demonstrate that he was capable of far more 'respectable'
and prestigious projects, if only given half a chance by any movie
moguls who might be watching.
only too eager to distance himself from them, although never quite able
him; seemed to come to terms with his situation and realise that there was
no shame in creating magic and enchantment that kids would remember
for the rest of their lives. He began to relax and accept the high regard in
whose childhoods he had enriched as genuine expressions of respect
and affection, as opposed to fawning flattery by a bunch of geeks
and freaks who simply couldn't grow up.
it didn't always portray him in an entirely favourable light, 'though he
was presumably unaware of the negative aspects he revealed about him-
self and his personality. However, now is not the moment to dwell on the
human failings that all are heir to; rather, it is a time to celebrate the life
and achievements of a talented, creative man, whose triumphs touched
the hearts and minds of a great many children and adults, and will
doubtless continue to do so for a very long time to come.
To paraphrase LADY PENELOPE: "Oh, Gerry...well done!"